Yesterday we all learned the incredible news that Sarah Palin has endorsed Brian Murphy for Governor of Maryland.
Update: Richard Falknor writing at Blue Ridge Forum calls for a debate between Murphy and Ehrlich now that the Palin endorsement has propelled Brian Murphy into the national spotlight.
The Baltimore Sun finally realized yesterday that there is a conservative Republican challenger to the “moderate” former Governor Bob Ehrlich in the Republican primary. You gotta laugh though, read the story by Annie Linskey and note how she throws in those little biased phrases to criticize Palin and by extension Murphy. Don’t these so-called mainstream publications get it—we see what you are doing!
Making her first incursion into Maryland politics, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stirred up the gubernatorial race Wednesday with an unexpected endorsement of Republican businessman Brian Murphy in his long-shot primary challenge against former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
“It takes him from what I viewed as obscurity to somebody people will pay attention to,” said Dave Schwartz, the former Ehrlich fundraiser who runs the Tea Party-affiliated Americans for Prosperity. “Probably a lot of people had no idea who he was.”
“The nationals are starting to weigh in,” Murphy said. “They are excited to have a credible conservative alternative. They understand the way the tide is shifting.”
In between the above the reporter makes sure we know that Sarah Palin can be a liability, blah, blah, blah.
Then get this, does Ehrlich think that having Michael Steele in his camp is something to brag about these days. And, as for conservatives, sure looks like Mitt Romney might be shooting himself in the foot backing RINO (oops! “moderate”) Ehrlich.
All signs indicate that the state’s GOP establishment remains firmly behind Ehrlich. The former state legislator, congressman and governor has been endorsed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; he took a starring role at a recent party fundraiser that included Romney and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele, Ehrlich’s former lieutenant governor.
Next we have Audrey Scott weighing in, she is “pleased” that the MD GOP is in the limelight! I bet she is. I would like new readers to take a few minutes and see how Scott and the MD GOP leadership did everything in their power to coronate Bob Ehrlich at their convention in April at a time when Murphy had filed to run for the office and Ehrlich had not (see Rule 11 fiasco here). As for why Ehrlich waited so long to file (in the last few days to do so in July), the story circulating is that Ehrlich wanted to keep his law firm job and his radio show for as long as possible before filing to run for governor.
After you visit the Rule 11 fiasco post, then check out this one about how Ms. Scott and the MD GOP screwed up so that we have no chance this year of electing our own Ken Cuccinelli (the Virginia AG who is racking up victories for conservative principles in that state).
“The primary focus of the Maryland Republican Party is winning the endorsement of Marylanders this November,” state Chairwoman Audrey Scott said in statement. “We are pleased that the Republican movement in Maryland is attracting national attention, but ultimately our nominee will be selected by Republicans here in the State.”
Toward the end of the ‘opinion piece’ disguised as news, Annie Linskey says this:
In her Facebook message, Palin touted Murphy’s opposition to abortion rights, his support of gun ownership and his business experience. She said he would provide “principled and results oriented leadership.”
Palin said Murphy is “pro-life” but Ms. Linskey feels the need to turn that into “opposition to abortion rights.” You see how they do it!
As an enthusiastic supporter of Brian Murphy for Governor, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that Sarah Palin will come to Maryland (maybe around the time when she is in Washington, DC for the Glenn Beck RESTORING HONOR rally).
Murphy said SarahPAC, Palin’s campaign organization, reached out to him “months ago.” He said he heard that she planned to endorse him in the “last few days.”
Murphy said he had never actually spoken with Palin but is in touch with staff. “I’ve just been on their radar screen,” Murphy said.
He’s hoping that she’ll stump for him.
“We’re talking about that,” Murphy said. “The goal is end of the month, but nothing is set in stone.”
Go ahead Baltimore Sun downplay the Palin endorsement, but I heard on a conference call last night that the phone was ringing off the hook at Murphy headquarters yesterday.